Several local organizations are again sponsoring an opportunity to safely dispose of unused medicines, shred documents with personal information and recycle several materials. The Drug Take Back, Shred Truck and Recycling event will be 10 am-2 pm Saturday at FirstBank at 345 Highway 46 across from Sonic Drive-In. The Dickson Police Department, Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, Dickson County Recycling Program, Drug Free Dickson Coalition and FirstBank are sponsoring the event as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Initiative. Residents may bring any expired or unused prescription medications to be disposed of by DEA guidelines. The event will not accept needles. FirstBank is sponsoring a shredding truck for individuals to dispose of old bills, tax records or any other paperwork that might contain information that could be used for identity theft. There also will be recycling collections for plastic, glass, cardboard and electronics in the bank’s rear parking lot. The Dickson County Help Center will be on site accepting donations of items for its thrift store or cash donations. The event will take place Saturday rain or shine. For more information, call Dickson Police Department Crime Prevention Officer David Cole at 615-441-9580.
The Bluff House Concerts series will bring a unique blend of musical styles that crosses borders and genres tonight. Hosts Templeton Thompson and Sam Gay will be joined by special guest Stephanie Urbina Jones in this month’s edition of the concert series at the Bibb-White Bluff Civic Center. A San Antonio native, Jones presents a unique blend of Latin country rock that reflects her bi-cultural heritage. She is the first independent female artist to hit number one on the Texas Music Chart. A songwriter, singer and passionate performer, Jones’ video for ‘Vamanos (Let’s Go)’ debuted on RollingStone.com. She recently released “Fiery Angel,” her fifth album on which she wrote nine of the 11 songs. She wrote “Shakin’ Things Up” that was recorded as the title track for a Lorrie Morgan album. Jones’ version of the song was at the top of the Texas Music Chart for five weeks. She has been featured in the national television series “Troubadour, Texas,” starred in the Texas Western movie “Courage,” performed a duet with Willie Nelson at his famed 4th of July Picnic and appeared on stage with The Time Jumpers. Jones has toured internationally with appearances at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, CMA Fest in Nashville, Magic Town Music Fest in Mexico, Country Rendez-Vous in France, Country Gold in Japan and music festivals in England and Spain. Her song “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face” debuted at number one for “The Voice” winner Craig Wayne Boyd. The University of Texas graduate moved to Nashville and worked for an artist management company before landing a songwriting deal with Sony. She cites musical influences that range from Carole King and Linda Ronstadt to Santana and Bette Midler to Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. Bluff House Concerts hosts Thompson and Gay are successful songwriters jointly and individually. Their songs have been recorded by Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, Little Texas, Bryan White, Montgomery Gentry and others. Doors open for tonight’s Bluff House Concert at 7 pm with Music by the Fireplace at 7:30 and the show in the Hazel C. Bibb Auditorium at 8:00. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or at bluffhouseconcerts.com. The highlighted non-profit organizations at tonight’s show are Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. and Brave Women Veterans Retreats. Tonight’s concert will stream live on the Bluff House Concerts page on Facebook. The Bibb-White Bluff Civic Center is at 1054 Old Charlotte Road.
A Benton County man was indicted Monday for soliciting a sex act from a teenager and possessing thousands of images of child pornography. The Dickson County Grand Jury indicted 30-year-old Daryl Lynn Peach of Byrn Street in Camden for sexual exploitation of a minor and solicitation of a law enforcement officer posing as a minor. According to the affidavit of complaint obtained by Det. Scott Levasseur of the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Peach communicated by email July 28 and 29 during an undercover operation in which the officer was posing as a girl under the age of 18. In the email exchange, Peach agreed to meet the girl for a sex act that would constitute aggravated statutory rape. When Peach came to Dickson July 29 to meet the girl, he was arrested by Levasseur and deputies. According to the affidavit, when Peach was arrested he was found to be in possession of a flash drive that further investigation revealed contains thousands of images of children engaged in sexual activity. The affidavit states Peach estimates there to be 20,000 child pornography images on the drive. Peach has been in the Dickson County Jail since his July 29 arrest on $10,000 bond. His case was bound over to the Dickson County Grand Jury following an Aug. 8 hearing and it returned a two-count indictment Monday. Peach is charged with possessing more than 100 images of child pornography, which is a class B felony, and solicitation of sex from a law enforcement officer posing as a minor, a class E felony. In Tennessee, a class B felony carries a possible punishment of 8-60 years in prison and a class E felony has 1-6 years. Peach remains in the Dickson County Jail with an arraignment in Dickson County Circuit Court set for Nov. 14.
Early voting begins today in Dickson and Charlotte. Polls are open 8 am-4 pm at the Dickson County Election Office at 110-A Academy St. in Charlotte and at Restoration Church at 505 Henslee Drive in Dickson. Early voting continues through Nov. 3. Any registered voter is eligible to vote at either early voting location regardless of in which district you reside. All Dickson County ballots will include the races for President, U.S. House of Representatives for the 5th District and Tennessee House of Representatives for either the 69th or 78th district. Voters in White Bluff will elect a mayor and two town council members to four-year terms. Burns residents will choose a mayor and four commissioners for two-year terms. Vanleer voters will elect a mayor and five alderman for two-year terms. Slayden residents and eligible non-resident property owners will select a mayor and three town council members for two-year terms. Charlotte voters will decide a liquor-by-the drink referendum.
President of the United States
The Tennessee ballot lists seven candidates for President. In addition to Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the ballot includes Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, the Green Party’s Jill Stein, Reform Party candidate Rocky de la Fuente, Alyson Kennedy of the Socialist Workers Party and independent candidate and Knoxville native Mike Smith.
U.S. House of Representatives
In the race for the Congressional seat for the 5th District, incumbent Democrat Jim Cooper is challenged by Republican Stacy Ries Snyder, whose father Bob Ries unsuccessfully challenged Cooper in 2014. A Nashville resident, Snyder is a businesswoman and formerly owned and managed a bakery. Nashville resident Cooper represented the 4th District 1983-95 and has held the 5th District seat since 2003. The 5th District includes all of Dickson and Davidson counties and most of Cheatham County.
Tennessee House of Representatives
The candidates for the 69th District seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives are Republican Michael Curcio and Democrat Dustin Evans. A Dickson businessman, Curcio was the Republican nominee in 2014 and narrowly lost to incumbent David Shepard, who is retiring after 16 years. Evans is a deputy with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office and lost his previous campaign for a seat on the Dickson City Council in 2015. The 69th District includes the western half of Dickson County, all of Hickman County and a portion of Maury County.
The candidates for the 78th District seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives are Republican Mary Littleton and Democrat Travis Staten. Littleton is seeking her third two-year term. Staten is a Dickson County bondsman, bounty hunter and restaurant manager who previously lost a campaign for a constable position. The 78th District includes the eastern half of Dickson County and all of Cheatham County.
White Bluff, Burns, Vanleer and Slayden Municipal Elections
In the four municipal elections, the only opposed races are for mayor of Burns and the two seats on the White Bluff Town Council. Two-term incumbent Landon Mathis is challenged by Stephen R. Cathey for the two-year term as mayor of Burns. There are four candidates seeking the two seats on the White Bluff council. Incumbents Dan Clark and Stephanie Murrell are running for their second terms while John Edward Bennett and Jason Foriest are making their first runs for office. The Burns ballot includes only three candidates for the four seats on the Board of Commissioners. Incumbents Ed “Shot” Grove and George Valton Potter are joined by Wayne Lomax. Incumbent Jerry Perella is seeking a second term as a write-in candidate. In White Bluff, two-term incumbent Linda Rae Hayes is unopposed in seeking re-election as mayor. The Vanleer ballot has one candidate for mayor and five candidates for the five seats on the Board of Aldermen. Vice Mayor Jason Weaver is seeking to fill the mayor’s position that has been vacant for two years. Incumbent aldermen Dwight D. McIllwain and Ruben Schmittou are joined on the ballot by Chris Farmer, Elizabeth R. Gilmore and Ty P. Weaver. Wayne White is the only candidate in the race for mayor of Slayden as two-term incumbent Gary Hodges did not seek re-election. Incumbents Mary H. Smathers and Deborah L. Smith are the only candidates for the three seats on the Slayden Town Council and there are no write-in candidates. The council will fill the third position after the election. Non-resident property owners registered to vote in Slayden must do so by absentee ballot.
Charlotte voters will be asked to vote For or Against the “legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in the city of Charlotte,” commonly known as liquor by the drink. Passage of the referendum would allow qualified restaurants in the town to sell mixed drinks. Non-resident property owners registered to vote in Charlotte must do so by absentee ballot.
Early voting continues Monday-Saturday in Charlotte and Wednesday-Saturday in Dickson through Nov. 3. Thursday will be the first of three days for extended voting hours 10 am-8 pm at both locations. The deadline to turn in an application to vote absentee by mail is Nov. 1 and completed ballots must be returned by U.S. mail by Nov. 8. Polls will be open 7 am-7 pm at 17 precincts across Dickson County on Nov. 8. Voters must have their registration card and a valid photo ID when going to the polls. For more information on early or absentee voting, contact the Dickson County Election Office at 615-671-1146 or visit dicksoncountyelection.com.
The Dickson County Commission approved purchasing property from the Water Authority of Dickson County for the construction of an ambulance substation and fire department. At its meeting Monday, the commission voted to pay the authority $25,000 for 2.5 acres on West Iron Hill Road at the intersection of Old Highway 46. Once the facility is built, Mayor Bob Rial said the Dickson County Emergency Medical Service will station an ambulance and crew there to improve service and reduce response times to the southern part of Dickson County. With the opening of the TriStar Natchez Emergency Room south of Interstate 40, Rial said the service has seen an increase in emergency and convalescent calls in the southern end of the county and the closest station is the EMS main office on Cowan Road in Dickson. Rial said the problem in responding to calls in southern Dickson County is not so much the distance from Cowan Road as the amount of traffic that can extend response times. As for the fire station part of the facility, Rial said the county is not looking to begin operating fire departments but will look to other organizations to fill that need. “We’ll work with a volunteer fire department, be it rescue squad or present volunteer fire department or one may form out there. We’ll work on that over the next nine months while this is being built,” Rial said. The mayor has proposed using some of an anticipated $2.2 million budget surplus to purchase the property and build the facility without borrowing any money. Rial has said the project is estimated to cost $400,000-$450,000. The commission voted 11-0 with one member absent Monday to approve the purchase of the property. Once that is completed, the county will begin design work for the facility.